Welcome Crystal!

Welcome Crystal!

We are thrilled to announce that Listening Ear has a new Foster Care / Certification Worker, Crystal O.! She is excited to come work with us because she has a huge heart to help people and loves how Listening Ear has so many services to assist those in need. She’s can’t wait to meet new clients and get to know our great Staff!

Crystal is a single mama to four children who take up a lot of her time, her oldest is 24! In the past, …

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Working Together for Success

Working Together for Success

For Martin’s entire life, his grandmother has been his guardian. With developmental disabilities themselves, Martin’s parents were unable to care for him properly, as he also has developmental disabilities.

The living arrangement with his grandmother worked well for Martin and his family, until he entered into his pre-teen years. He began to get upset more easily, and would frequently stop, scream, throw things, destroy rooms, lock people out of the family home, and even be physically violent with his grandmother. He refused to take medications or …

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Navigating Through Grief

Navigating Through Grief

Julie was homeless for much of her life. She frequently moved from one place to another with her mother. Julie told us that she had never met her father and her mother struggled with an opioid addiction. Her mother’s sister took them in and placed them in a hotel. At only 14 years old, Julie was in the hotel room alone when she received a phone call letting her know that her mother had been hit by a car under suspicious circumstances. She had …

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Finding Safety with the Transitional Living Program

Finding Safety with the Transitional Living Program

While attending a Alternative Education Program, Karl* was referred to Listening Ear Crisis Center’s Transitional Living Program (TLP) by his school counselor. When we first began speaking with him, he was very shy and closed off. But as he talked with the TLP Worker, he started to feel more comfortable and details of his unstable and unsafe living situation came to light. Karl shared that he was sleeping on a hardwood floor in the corner of a trailer, owned by friends of his brother. Even …

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Every Story is Different

Every Story is Different

Listening Ear’s rental programs work with various community partners and programs to help people in need. These programs include: EightCap, The Wounded Warrior Project, Rapid Re-Housing, MSHDA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Mt. Pleasant Housing Commission, RISE Women Shelter, and many more. The goal is to build people up and support them in their journey to become self-sufficient. Listening Ear cannot guarantee success; but the willingness to grow as a human, can and will.

Most of the individuals in these programs deal with immense hardship. Listening …

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One Family: Big Difference

One Family: Big Difference

Donny* came into our care in January 2015 because his living conditions were unsafe, due to abuse and neglect. He had been diagnosed with several developmental disorders, which made his situation even more complex. However, thanks to a very special family who decided to open up their home (and their hearts) to him for the last 6 years, he has absolutely excelled.

Donny has participated in Mid-Michigan Industries (MMI) and worked two full days a week at a local factory. He has been able to create …

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